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June 19, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: June 19-June 25, 2014

Street Painting on Clarendon Ave.
Street Painting on Clarendon Ave. Photo by Ross Dunn, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.


Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

June 19-29: Ottawa Fringe Festival
Ottawa’s largest theatre festival, the Fringe, is back for its 18th season from June 19 to June 29 at 16 different downtown venues. The 2014 edition will feature over 400 performances, many of which are local-based productions. The Fringe is one of the city’s most accessible festivals with tickets for performances priced under $11. What’s more, 100% of ticket sales go directly to the performers, and that right there is seriously amazing. Building on last year’s success, festival organizers will continue to offer a series of free outdoor concerts featuring performances by Silkken Laumann, StillNative, HIGHS, Django Libre, Crissi Cochrane and the Adam Saikaley Quintet.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, June 19-Sunday, June 22: Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
The largest dragonboat festival in North America, if not the world, takes place at Mooney's Bay beach this weekend, kicking off Thursday evening at 6pm with a free concert lineup consisting of  Claude Munson & The Storm Outside, The Zolas at 8pm and Stars at 9:30pm. The racing itself starts off Friday evening with some charity challenge cup races for the top fund raising teams. Saturday sees all the teams racing from 7:50am to 5:30pm and the top teams from Saturday advance to race on Sunday. In addition to two and a bit days of dragonboat races, you'll find an impressive lineup of musical acts, including The Sheepdogs Friday evening, Arkells on Saturday and Down With Webster on Sunday. There's a children's area with lots to do on Saturday and Sunday. And if all that's not enough, you'll find food vendors on-site and a beach bar for refreshments. The best part is that admission is free.
-- Gordon Dewis
(Gordon is one of the racers competing to raise money for several very worthy local charities that are supported by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation. This year's goal is $425,000. People can make a donation at the festival, online through the website, or they can support Gordon directly here.)

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22: Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & Powwow
The annual Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & International Competition Pow Wow is being held from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22 at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The 2014 edition, which offers free admission, will feature a variety of traditional powwow dance competitions along with live music shows, a drum contest, a children’s village, workshops, artisans, crafts, a selection of traditional aboriginal foods and lots more.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22: Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & Powwow
This annual festival is a great chance to experience music, drama, comedy, puppetry, art and kids’ activities offered by First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit performers. The celebrations, held outdoors at Vincent Massey Park, coincide with the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day (June 21).
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22: Prints & Inks 2014
This weekend-long show will showcase the work of exciting Canadian talent in print, illustration and design, alongside a pop-up shop, hands-on print activities, and a late-night art party. Work by Spins & Needles Silkscreening 101 workshop alumni will be on display. Original, affordable artwork, limited edition prints, clothing and zines will be available for purchase.
-- Laura Gauthier

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22: Prints & Inks 2014
Brought to you by the people behind Spins & Needles is a new celebration of print and graphic arts in the national capital. This weekend-long show will showcase the work of exciting Canadian talent in print, illustration and design, alongside a pop-up shop, hands-on print activities, and a late-night art party. Work by Spins & Needles Silkscreening 101 workshop alumni will be on display. Original, affordable artwork, limited edition prints, clothing and zines will be available for purchase. This exciting new event is being held at IdeaSpace from June 20 to June 22.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, June 21: The Bad Plus at the Jazz Festival
This jazz group might be best known for their jazzy covers of tunes by the likes of Nirvana or Radiohead, but they are most definitely not a gimmick band. On Saturday, they will be at the Ottawa Jazz Festival performing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Here's a taste: http://youtu.be/DdE49jdfn6Y
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

Saturday, June 21, 12:30pm: Robert Hogg, Beth Follett + Stan Dragland
At the North Grenville Public Library, Kempville. All three writers live out of town. This is a rare opportunity to hear them.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Sunday, June 22: Petrie Island Nature Walk
Join us on Sunday June 22nd at 2pm for a tour of Petrie Island's Native Wildflower Garden to learn about wild edibles. Enjoy a wonderful summer's day surrounded by blooming flowers. Following the walk our tour guide, Peggi Calder will share fresh and dried samples from her farm and discuss delicious and nutritious recipes for using these local plants in your next meal.
-- Jean Labelle

Sunday June 22: Petrie Island Nature Walk
Petrie Island is one of Ottawa’s wonderful natural places. Come explore it with the first a series of nature walks organized by The Friends of Petrie Island. Sunday’s focus is on wild edible plants and Petrie Island’s Native Wildflower Garden. You need to register in advance. (To get to Petrie Island, consider taking advantage of OC Transpo’s summer weekend bus service which starts on Saturday: http://www.ottawastart.com/story/23652.php)
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Sunday, June 22: Ottawa Farmers' Market Black Box Competition
Last year, the Ottawa Farmers' Market challenged two Ottawa chefs to showcase local meat and produce.  Using only what could be sourced from the market's producers, they prepared and plated tastes of the region.  When all was said and done, David Godsoe of Indulge Kitchen and Cocktails (4456 Limebank Road) won the hearts and tummies of market-goers. This coming Sunday, the black box competition happens again.  Consider it "Iron Chef goes camping."   Challenging last year's champion will be Stephen Lasalle of The Albion Rooms (33 Nicholas Street).  He and Godsoe have a little over an hour to create and plate 200 bite-sized samples for the public to vote on.  Food will be served at 11:30 am. Last year's competition: http://foodieprints.com/2013/06/unboring-sunday-the-ottawa-farmers-markets-inaugural-black-box-competition/
-- Don Chow, foodieprints

Sunday, June 22: Charity Strollerthon
To celebrate Boomerang Kids 20 years in business, they're aiming to beat the Guinness World Record set in 2004 for themost number of people pushing a stroller in one location.The current record is 746 stroller pushers, so they’re planning to have 1,000 people pushing strollers. 10am on Parliament Hill.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Tuesday, June 24: The Kevin Breit Trio 'Da DaDa Dada' with Jesse Stewart and Colin Couch at GigSpace
The jazz festival is on next week but not all the concerts worth checking out will be there. Kevin Breit has recorded with a long list of Juno winners, including his own 2012 Juno award winning Stretch Orchestra, which includes Ottawa's Jesse Stewart. They'll play songs from Kevin’s various recordings as well as new tunes from his much anticipated record, As A Race Horse, as part of a kick off for his eastern tour.
-- Alayne McGregorOttawaJazzScene.ca

Have a great week!


See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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